We are all reaching out! That is what we are doing here. We are looking for contact, for connection. We hunger to be acknowledged. We thirst to be recognized. To be approved of. We want to be liked. After all, they put the button right there, and if you read my words and enjoyed them, you most likely clicked on it. You ‘liked’ my effort, and by extension, doesn’t that imply that you ‘like’ me, at least a little?
And in some weird way, the fact that you ‘like’ me makes me feel less alone. Now that I think about it, this accounts for my fixation with my stats. The more people that ‘like’ me, the more validation I receive, the better I feel about myself. In short, it makes me happy… (Oh, I don’t mean you people who just go around ‘liking’ everybody without reading a single word. I am not judging you. I do not despise you. But I just might pity you a little, because it strikes me as a hollow and meaningless way to live your life. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a comment is worth at least a million ‘likes’)…
As a person who is exclusively art-side-of-the-brain oriented, I have often wondered what drives me to draw and paint, sculpt, write and sing. I was never entirely sure if I was doing it for myself or for other people. But now I am beginning to see that I do it for both. From those very first cave paintings, humans were trying to leave something of themselves behind when they passed on to the great unknown. But those earliest artists must have enjoyed the fact that their fellow humans gazed upon these works and admired them. Liked them. When creating art, you are putting something of yourself into a place where you can share it with others. Sharing is the cornerstone of friendship. And friendship is the one way to not be alone.
Unless you paint the Sistine Chapel, get hung in the Louvre, get published, or perform at Madison Square Gardens, it is hard to show a lot of people your art. Even those first cave painters were probably annoyed at how hard it is to get people to come over to your cave just to see your latest picture of an elk. I can so relate to that. As much as I tease WordPress, they have come up with a pretty spiffy way to put your stuff out there.
In conclusion, I would like to admit that we may not have actually learned much from these three little posts. Sometimes that is exactly what happens when I start thinking about things. Nothing.
But every once in a while, picking things apart and looking at the pieces from different angles leads to insights or perhaps learning a thing or two. So I am going to keep on doing it.
I hope you ‘liked’ what I had to say.